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"The tragedy of the commons". This is a very nicely put explanation of the current dilemma , much of our immediate problems being down to that period of wonder and excitement, the eighties. This is illustrated by 2 quotations from 1987, from a fictional character like Gordon Gekko ("Greed is Good") or the reality that was Margaret Thatcher ("I think we've been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it's the government's job to cope with it. 'I have a problem, I'll get a grant.' 'I'm homeless, the government must house me.' They're casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It's our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There's no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.") We are now, still, living with the outcomes of that Reaganistic/Thatcherite attitude to life so clearly demonstrated by your anti-healthcare reform protestors.


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